Important to define 'smart' for 5G innovations - Gobind

Last update: 20/01/2020

LANGKAWI, Jan 20 -- Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has spoken about the need to spell out the requirements that need to be fulfilled before a particular product or innovation can be categorised as ‘smart’, including from the legal standpoint.

He noted that with the advent of the 5G technology, people will innovate and create what they deem as smart products.

“The question is what does smart really mean because everyone will say that they have a product that is technically a smart product.

“This is where the government has to discuss with the industry so that we can actually come to an understanding as to what are the minimum requirements needed before a particular product can be certified as smart,” Gobind said.

He told reporters this on the sidelines of the 5G Malaysia International Conference here today.

Elaborating, Gobind noted that other ministries too may have to look into this matter.

“For example, if a person builds a house and says this is a smart home, we have to know what he must have as bare minimum (requirements) before it can be categorised as a smart home,” he said, adding that the same goes for terms such as smart hospitals, smart schools and other ‘smart’ initiatives.

“I think that's something that will stretch across the board...and I think there is a need for us to make sure that all ministries also look into this.

“…this is something that I will be bringing up to the Cabinet as well later on,” Gobind said.

The conference was organised to complement the launch of the 5G Malaysia Demonstration Projects (5GDP) by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday.